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Ford Ranger gains exclusive MS-RT model

Ford’s Ranger pickup has been given the MS-RT treatment to create an exclusive, motorsport-inspired pickup with high levels of equipment.

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The Ranger MS-RT will be available at Ford dealers from summer 2021, sitting alongside the desert-race-influenced Ford Ranger Raptor at the top of the Ranger line-up.

It’s the latest vehicle available under Ford’s tie-up with conversion firm MS-RT and is based on the Ranger Wildtrak, giving it a one-tonne payload as well as a high level of standard equipment. MS-RT design additions include a bespoke front fascia with a honeycomb carbon fibre-effect grille and integrated fog lights, as well 20-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels, extended wheel arches and sculpted side skirts.

Also featuring a carbon fibre-effect mirror caps and MS-RT badging, the new Ranger is available with Frozen White, Sea Grey or Agate Black paints.

Interior features include leather trim with contrast orange stitching, heated front seats, rear-view camera and Ford’s Sync 3 connectivity and navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen.

It’s powered by Ford’s range-topping bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, fitted with the same 10‑speed automatic transmission as the Ford Mustang sports car and with selectable four-wheel drive.

It delivers 213hp and 500Nm of torque to move payloads of up to 1,098kg and a towing weight of 3,500kg. A Maxhaust app-controlled soundbox is available as a dealer-fit option to provide a more aggressive exhaust note.

MS-RT joined the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier programme in May 2019 and has a background in motorsport-inspired conversions. Other vehicles developed under the partnership include the Transit Custom and Transit Connect MS-RT vans, as well as the Transit Custom Nugget camper van. All of these are offered through Ford’s One-Stop Shop, benefiting fleets through just one point of contact and saving time and money.

“Ranger MS-RT is designed for customers who value Ranger’s hard-working capability but want the racing pedigree and hand-finished exclusivity of our MS-RT series,” said Brendan Lyne, director, commercial vehicles, Ford of Europe.

“This eye-catching vehicle blends Ford’s decades of success in pick-up trucks with striking motorsport-inspired design to offer a road-focused truck combining immense kerb appeal with the hard-working ability that our customers love.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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